If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ever needed a boost, seeing Raphael Varane back out at Carrington would have been a huge sigh of relief.

The Norwegian now has a big decision to make with all four of his senior centre backs fit and available for selection ahead of the crunch clash against Tottenham on Saturday.

Since being rushed back from injury for the trip to Leicester, club captain Harry Maguire has looked increasingly off the pace.

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His partner in Varane’s absence, Victor Lindelof hasn’t looked great either and after shipping 11 goals in their last three games, neither player can have any qualms if they were dropped for the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Maybe it’s time for Solskjaer to unleash a Varane and Eric Bailly partnership.

Bailly and Varane could be match made in heaven

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Pace, power, poise and aggression, what isn’t there to like about a potential Varane and Bailly partnership.

Yes, there is always a danger of the Ivorian losing his head, but for the first time during his Manchester United career, in Varane, he would be playing alongside a world class defender, who can talk and lead him through a game with authority.

Bailly has played with a raft of different centre backs during his time at Old Trafford, none come near to the stature and pedigree of Varane.


Having Bailly alongside Varane, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka would mean that United have one of the quickest back fours around.

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There would be very few strikers or wingers who could outpace our backline, and in Bailly and Varane, they both have the recovery pace, which Maguire and Lindelof lack, to make up the ground and sniff out the danger.

Whilst constantly looking to get on the front foot, this would allow us to play a high line and pin the opposition back.

Varane’s most successful years in club football came when he played alongside arguably the most aggressive centre-back of all-time in Sergio Ramos.

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But the 2018 World Cup winner’s calming persona complimented Ramos perfectly.

That’s exactly what Solskjaer could have in Bailly and Varane.

With three games to save his job, Solskjaer has to be bold and dropping Maguire and Lindelof for Varane and Bailly would be a massive statement of intent.

If given the chance and they both stay fit, Varane and Bailly have the makings of a dominant partnership that United have lacked since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

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